well, it's going to cost another penny to mail a letter next year. the cash strapped u.s. postal service will raise rates on january 27th to help offset a record $15 billion in losses this year. that means if you stocked up on those forever stamps back in 2007 when they debuted for 41 cents, you're now saving a nickel apiece. not bad. and finally, do you get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you see that thumbs up sign next to your facebook post? come on, we all do, right? well, some creative students at m.i.t. have taken that a step further designing a vest that inflates to give you a hug when someone likes your facebook status. so sweet. well, coming up, the a's are sent packing, a late field goal makes the difference in the steelers/titans game, plus san francisco slams into the nlcs. your sports headlines are straight ahead. your weekend forecast is going to be full of strong thunderstorms. those details are coming up. you're watching "early today."